Charity runner caught up in Boston marathon explosion drama

The scene in the aftermath of Monday's Boston marathon explosion. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe,  John Tlumacki)
The scene in the aftermath of Monday's Boston marathon explosion. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, John Tlumacki)

A charity runner from Boston became caught up in the drama of the explosions in the town’s ‘daughter city’ in America.

Sarah McGarel, 29. was raising cash for a cancer charity at the event and was just half a mile from the finish line, when two explosions went off, claiming the lives of three people.

Sarah McGarel.

Sarah McGarel.

Her brother John and sister Ellen, who were here in Lincolnshire, were relieved to find out that she was safe after a nervous wait for updates from Massachusetts. John told The Standard: “It was a frantic wait. But we were glad to find out everyone was OK.”

Sarah had just ran past parents Jenny and John in the crowd at the 25-mile mark when the blasts, which have left at least 140 injured, went off.

See tomorrow’s Boston Standard for a full account from Sarah and her family, messages of support from Bostonians and why one man from the town has vowed to carry on with his London Marathon run this weekend as a sign of solidarity.